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Naperville police warn about phone scams

Naperville police rank second in the number of DUI arrests made outside of Chicago in 2010. | Submitted photo
Naperville police rank second in the number of DUI arrests made outside of Chicago in 2010. | Submitted photo

The Naperville Police Department have received a significant number of complaints from residents who have been the victims of phone scams from callers who claim that they are from the Federal Law Enforcement Center or representing themselves as IRS agents.

The subjects placing these calls advise people that they owe back taxes and need to make immediate payment, police said. Many of these calls threaten the victim with arrest, large fines and in some instances, revocation of immigration status and deportation if the victim does not provide payment.

Victims are then instructed to purchase prepaid MoneyPaks at local stores and to give the caller the PINs from these MoneyPaks. The caller is then able to transfer all the victim’s money. In many cases, the callers are targeting people of Middle Eastern, Indian or Asian ethnicity.

Anyone receiving such calls or emails should never make payment or provide the caller with any personal or banking information. The IRS will never call and demand money, threaten arrest or revocation of immigration status.

Naperville police said the public should be very cautious of any caller demanding money or payment for taxes or any other fines.

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